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October 5 - October 26, 2022
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Rebecca Bittala

Cleveland Clinic Sustainability

"Just a social worker trying to make the Earth a little better. :-) "

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,561 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    37
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    195
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    700
    minutes
    not spent in front of a screen
  • up to
    5.0
    pounds
    waste avoided
  • up to
    420
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • up to
    1.0
    water footprints
    calculated
  • up to
    1.0
    donations
    made
  • up to
    1.0
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • up to
    2.0
    public officials or leaders
    contacted
  • up to
    2.0
    hours
    volunteered
  • up to
    1.0
    community events
    hosted or attended
  • up to
    2.0
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    700
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    357
    minutes
    spent learning

Rebecca's Actions

Balancing Consumption

Calculate My Carbon Footprint

I will calculate the carbon emissions associated with my household and consider how different lifestyle choices could reduce our carbon footprint and our impact on the environment.

Completed
One-Time Action

Enacting Equity

Watch a Documentary about Racial Injustice

I will watch 1 documentaries about racism and racial injustice.

Completed
One-Time Action

Regenerating Nature

Volunteer in My Community

I will volunteer 1 hour(s) for a nature-based event or another opportunity to support my community.

Completed
One-Time Action

Nourishing Food

Advocate for Equitable Food Access

Access to affordable, nutritious food is a food justice issue. I will advocate for equitable food options at work, campus, or in the spaces I frequent by contacting community leaders and/or doing other advocacy actions.

Completed
One-Time Action

Nourishing Food

Forest-Friendly Foods

I will spend 15 minutes learning about palm oil, coffee, cocoa, and other products known to contribute to deforestation, and replace or remove them.

Completed
One-Time Action

Nourishing Food

Watch a Documentary about Food Sovereignty

I will watch 1 documentary(ies) about food sovereignty: the right of local peoples to control their own food systems including markets, ecological resources, food cultures and production methods.

Completed
One-Time Action

Balancing Consumption

What is Sustainable Fashion?

I will spend 15 minutes learning about sustainable fashion and adopt at least one sustainable fashion practice.

Completed
One-Time Action

Balancing Consumption

Know My Waste & Recycling Services

I will spend 5 minutes finding out how to recycle in my region, where landfills and/or waste sites are situated in my region, and which communities are most impacted by these sites.

Completed
One-Time Action

Enacting Equity

Support Low-Income Solar Initiatives

Whether by donating or volunteering, I will research the benefits of low-income solar and find out how I can support initiatives in my area.

Completed
One-Time Action

Cultivating Communities

Advocate for Greener Vehicles

I will assess the vehicles used by my company, college, or city and advocate for a purchasing policy focused on fuel-efficient vehicles.

Completed
One-Time Action

Enacting Equity

Research Indigenous & First Nations Communities

I will spend 10 learning about the past and present indigenous or first nation communities in my regions impacted by colonization, and what I can do to be supportive.

Completed
One-Time Action

Cultivating Communities

Stay on the Ground

Instead of traveling by plane, I will find an alternative way to accomplish the goals of an upcoming trip (i.e. digital/virtual attendance, vacation without air travel).

Completed
One-Time Action

Balancing Consumption

Repair a Broken Item

I will repair at least one item that is broken, but is repairable. This might be items like garden tools, sewing machine, small appliances, electronics, clothing, and more.

Completed
One-Time Action

Regenerating Nature

Calculate My Water Footprint

I will calculate my water footprint and look for a few ways I can reduce consumption or waste.

Completed
One-Time Action

Balancing Consumption

Needs Vs. Wants

Each day, I will practice a "Needs Vs. Wants" approach and only buy things I need.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Balancing Consumption

Track My Purchases

I will maintain a record of all my purchases and identify my spending habits.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Regenerating Nature

Take Shorter Showers

I will save up to 20 gallons (75 L) of water each day by taking 5-minute or less showers. Tip: Use a timer to practice or count to 60 a few times.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Regenerating Nature

Spend Time Outside

I will replace 20 minute(s) per day typically spent inside and often with electronics with quality time outside walking, exercising, enjoying the sunrise/sunset, gardening, journaling, observing nature, or practicing gratitude for nature.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Nourishing Food

What is My Food Supply Chain?

I will spend 10 minutes learning about my food supply chains, and complete a food waste audit.

Completed
One-Time Action

Nourishing Food

Eat Plant-Based Meals

I will enjoy 1 meatless meal(s) and/or 1 vegan meal(s) each day this week.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

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    Rebecca Bittala 10/18/2022 12:05 PM
    As it starts to get colder I am reminded of my favorite Nordic saying "There is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing!" So as it gets harder to get outside due to the temperatures, remember to dress for the weather we have, not the weather we want! 

    • Crystal Tyree's avatar
      Crystal Tyree 10/20/2022 5:33 AM
      I Agree! I always run into the issue of I am cold one minute and then I am hot the next! So, I never know what jacket/coat to bring with me for the day!
  • Reflection Question
    Regenerating Nature Take Shorter Showers
    With 5-minute or less showers reducing your water footprint, what do you plan to add next to your water conservation habits?

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    Rebecca Bittala 10/14/2022 7:39 AM
    We try to only run our dishwasher 1-2x a week. It is pretty easy as it is only my husband and myself in our household, but every little bit counts. 
  • Reflection Question
    Cultivating Communities Stay on the Ground
    What was your process like for restructuring your trip? How can you avoid more air travel in the future?

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    Rebecca Bittala 10/13/2022 2:54 PM
    Next weekend we are going to Baltimore for my sister's wedding. Originally we were planning to fly but have chosen to drive instead to reduce our time at the airport and in the air. It was an easy adjustment but still taking small steps to help! 

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    Rebecca Bittala 10/13/2022 1:49 PM
    Perfect day for a walk today! It is cool outside and breezy! 
  • Reflection Question
    Nourishing Food Eat Plant-Based Meals
    What was the tastiest meatless or vegan meal you ever had or had recently? Did you make it? Can you share a recipe?

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    Rebecca Bittala 10/06/2022 12:13 PM
    Today I made a vegan oatmeal with almond milk, chia seeds, and chocolate vegan protein powder. It was absolutely delicious. 

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    Rebecca Bittala 10/06/2022 12:02 PM
    Happy to be on the team and finding this on the Today page! Made a donation to get our team some more points! I am looking forward to keeping up with this challenge! I recently switched to a vegan protein powder to ensure my daily oats are vegan!